Brach is pronounced like "Brock."
Brach made history at New Jersey's Monmouth University, setting school records with 29 wins and 277 strikeouts.
- Brad's younger brother, Brett, who also starred at Monmouth University and Freehold (New Jersey) Township, was a 10th-round pick by Cleveland in 2009.
In 2010, Brad set a California League record with 41 saves, while also finishing second in the league in opponents' average (.207) and fourth in strikeouts per nine innings (10.1).
That year, the Padres named Brach their Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
- In 2011, Baseball America rated Brach as 30th-best prospect in the Giants organization. He was ranked #29 in the winter before 2012 spring camp opened.
Brach lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his girlfriend, singer-songwriter Jenae Cherry.
Brach could not have been more psyched that his wife, singer-songwriter Jenae Cherry, released the title track from her album, “Around,” on iTunes. “It’s awesome,” said Brad. “She has been excited. She downplays it a little bit.”
Cherry, whose music can be characterized as pop country, moved to Nashville in 2009 from Illinois and has been pursuing her dream since. In 2014, she released an EP and has been selling it at live performances and on her website. This release marked the first time a song from it was available internationally.
There were some tense moments as they waited for the song’s release, Brach said. When the couple married in November 2013, she legally changed her last name to Brach, but kept Jenae Cherry as her stage and band name. (Connolly - Baltimore Sun - 5/20/15)
During 2016 Spring Training, Brad and Mike Wright visited Sarasota Middle School to commemorate the end of the six-week Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge. The program, designed to encourage healthy lifestyles for middle schoolers, included approximately 4,000 students from nine schools who were taught the importance of physical fitness, good nutrition and drug-free living.
During the initiative, students participated in a variety of health and fitness challenges along with a healthy eating goal. Each week, the students received Orioles-themed prizes for completing their goals, and Wright and Brach were on hand for Friday's final challenge, which included crunches, push-ups and a one-mile run.
Students who completed the six-week program received two complimentary tickets to an Orioles Spring Training game and vouchers for a healthy snack at the new Orioles Fit Grill, a healthy-food stand at Ed Smith Stadium. The Health & Fitness Challenge is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub's engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. (Ghiroli - MLB.com - 2/26/16)
Buck Showalter made sure Brad's first All-Star appearance would be a family affair. Showalter knew that San Diego was where Brach first broke into the Majors in 2011, where his family first saw him pitch, and where they would congregate again when Brach suits up for the 2016 All-Star Game.
So Showalter made sure Brach heard of his selection from family. The Orioles manager first went to Brach's wife, who alerted the reliever of the news.
"Its one of those things I'll never forget," Brach said. "It's a dream come true. To be able to experience all that with her—the ups and the downs—it's a lot. It was great she was able to give me the news, because she's been there for the whole journey as well."
On the heels of solid seasons in each of his first two years in Baltimore, Brach is enjoying a breakout campaign in 2016. Brach has been integral to the Orioles' bullpen, helping to make up for the loss of Darren O'Day, who has twice been hampered by hamstring injuries.
Brad set a personal goal of becoming an All-Star before the 2016 season started, in part because the game is being held in San Diego. Brach was a 42nd-round selection of the Padres in 2008, and he made 109 appearances for them from '11-13. The Orioles acquired Brach when the Padres had designated him for assignment in 2013.
"Now to kind of go back to where it all started and where my family got to watch me pitch first, I don't think it's sunk in yet, and I don't think it will until next week," Brach said. "I couldn't have scripted it any better, and I'm really looking forward to it."
The journey adds up to Brach being one of the most unlikely All-Stars.
"My family members, deep down, they probably didn't think this could happen either," Brach said. "It's one of those things we're all just kind of taking in stride. It's been an unbelievable experience." (Trezza - MLB.com - 7/8/16)
June 2008: Brach was the Padres' 42nd round pick in the draft, out of Monmouth University in New Jersey. He signed with scout Jim Bretz for a bonus of $1,000.
November 25, 2013: The Orioles sent RHP Devin Jones to the Padres, acquiring Brach.
- January 14, 2016: The Orioles and Brach avoided arbitration agreeing to a one-year deal for $1.25 million.
|Birth City:||Freehold, NJ|
|Draft:||Padres #42 - 2008 - Out of Monmouth Univ. (NJ)|
- Brach doesn't have overpowering stuff. He has a 92-96 mph four-seam FASTBALL with tailing action and a sinking 89-93 mph two-seamer. His SPLITTER is 87-92 mph, and is a decent pitch for him to retire lefty hitters. He also has a fair 80-84 mph SLIDER he throws to both sides of the plate.
- 2016 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 56.6% of the time; Sinker 3.4% of the time; Change 21.3% of the time; and Slider 18.7% of the time.
Brad truly has icewater running through his veins. Nothing rattles him, but he strikes some fear in hitters when he comes in from the bullpen.
"I love closing now. I get an adrenaline rush," he said. "I go out there to get the final three outs. It's been a lot of fun."
Brach works quickly and attacks the bottom half of the strike zone. He pitches from a three-quarters arm slot. He throws across his body with some herky-jerky action, stepping way over toward third base, and short-arms the ball from the extreme third base side of the rubber. This provides a deceptively difficult look for righthanders.
Since batters see Brad only once in any given appearance of his, he’s not easy to adjust to, and his unusual motion makes his stuff play up dramatically. While it is a funky motion, Brach manages to maintain decent mechanics, so we’re not talking about a ticking time bomb in regards to future injury potential.
- Brach entered the 2017 season with a career record of 25-14 and a 2.96 ERA. He had allowed 34 home runs and 257 hits in 325 innings.